Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “extinguish”

See all translations

extinguish

verb [T] uk   /ɪkˈstɪŋ.ɡwɪʃ/ us  

extinguish verb [T] (FIRE/LIGHT)

to stop a fire or a light burning: It took the firefighters several hours to extinguish the flames. to extinguish a cigarette

extinguish verb [T] (FEELING/IDEA)

literary to stop or get rid of an idea or feeling: Nothing could extinguish his love for her.
Translations of “extinguish”
in Korean 불을 끄다…
in Arabic يُطْفِىء, يُخْمِد…
in French éteindre…
in Turkish söndürmek…
in Italian estinguere, spengere…
in Chinese (Traditional) 火/光, 熄滅,撲滅(火或光)…
in Russian тушить, гасить…
in Polish gasić…
in Spanish extinguir, apagar…
in Portuguese extinguir…
in German löschen…
in Catalan extingir…
in Japanese (火、光など)を消す…
in Chinese (Simplified) 火/光, 熄灭,扑灭(火或光)…
(Definition of extinguish from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of extinguish?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “extinguish” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

comma

the symbol , used in writing to separate parts of a sentence showing a slight pause, or to separate the single things in a list

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More